Dating english oak chests
Genuine hand made dovetails like these were the standard of good furniture craftsmanship until about 1870, when American ingenuity developed the “pin and cove” or round style dovetail, often seen on late Victorian and Eastlake furniture.
These were cut with a jig or pattern, and an apprentice could create a very well fitting and attractive joint. European cabinetmakers continued their hand-cut dovetails well into the 1900's.
Nevertheless, by the 1950's, power tools were used in almost all furniture construction across Great Britain.The earliest form of antique blanket chests were otherwise known as antique coffers.There are a wide range of antique mule chests, usually from the Georgian/Regency period, antique bedding boxes normally in pine from the Victorian and Edwardian period, many are upholstered and great decorative pieces.These routers were ancestors of the electric precision tools of today, and could be used to rapidly cut a machined dovetail joint.Each cut is exactly like the others, each “tail” and “pin” are exactly matched.